Conflicting Portrayals of WW2 Women in the 1940s


From unfaithful harlot to plucky Waaf – Conflicting Portrayals of WW2 Women On both sides of the Atlantic, there were many conflicting portrayals of gender roles,  femininity and female sexuality. All of these messages doled out by the official War Office propaganda machine. From the patriotic hard working WAAF, Land Girl and Rosie the Riveter …

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A Day in the Life – Two Women in the early 1940s

One in wartime Britain, the other in pre-war America 1941 – In late 1941 – quite coincidentally, there were two picture essays of a typical day in the lives of two different women in the 1940s. The first, an American housewife, by the name of Jane Amberg from Kankakee, Illinois.USA. The second, a young British …

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1940s Fashion – Deborah Kerr models the 1942 British Utility Dress


Deborah Kerr models the 1942 British Utility Dress Typical Utility dress of pale blue light woolen, it has double-breasted bodice and pleats in the skirt. Spectator model at 62 shillings and 10d. Everything about it is top flight except the price . Originally published in Picture Post 1942. Text transcription copyright 2013 Look in …

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